Inside Voice

by Jackie Sherbow

My hands miss the lip
of the ceramic bottle as I try to drink
up all the constellations.
My nephew is nervous at the space
show, and I have to admit
I’m a little scared too.
I want to float
to the top of the planetarium’s dome.
I put my hand
on his shoulder and squeeze
it into nothingness, and all the colors
making up the light trip
down my fingers. He
has so many questions I can’t answer.
I tell him so many lies.
Later, I’ll be surprised
by how vehemently I can believe
that anyone ever needs
to use a quieter voice.

Copyright © 2021 by Jackie Sherbow


Featured Poet of the Month Jackie Sherbow

Jackie Sherbow lives in Queens, NY. The author of the chapbook Harbinger (Finishing Line Press, 2019), Jackie's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in places like Sierra Nevada Review, Coffin Bell, Luna Luna, and Day One, and have been part of the Emotive Fruition performance series. Jackie works as the managing editor for Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine as well as the editor of Newtown Literary—the literary journal dedicated to the borough of Queens—and was a participant in the 2018 Queens Council on the Arts Artists Peer Circle. Jackie's work has been nominated for the 2019 Best of the Net Anthology.

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